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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Wishful Digging

A misleading story and headline from the New York press corps (see below).

Here's the real deal. Forest City Ratner certainly can start prep work on the properties they own but they do not own the properties necessary to build the arena or to demap streets to build superblocks; this means that the project as we know it is not viable. That is because 13 of the property owners and tenants are in federal court to protect their rights against a use of eminent domain that they allege violates the United States Constitution.

Additionally Forest City Ratner does not own the rail yards (known as the Vanderbilt rail yards.) The signing of the contract selling the yards to Forest City Ratner (FCR) from the MTA is contingent on outstanding lawsuits like the eminent domain suit. Currently FCR only has a license agreement to start preliminary work on the rail yards. Tomorrow (Tuesday) they plan to do this by beginning to tear up the concrete on the eastern end of the yards which is a large MTA bus depot.

So all of this prep work is premature and a scare tactic used against the plaintiffs (residents), against the community fighting the project and to convince their investors that work is moving forward. Don't be fooled: while prep work on their project can start FCR's ability to move forward and finish the project is under judicial review.

From Crain's Insider (link, subscription required):
Suits won't stop Atlantic Yards

Pending lawsuits against Atlantic Yards will not stop Forest City Ratner from proceeding with the Brooklyn project, a company source says. Architect Frank Gehry is revising his design to reflect the compromise that won state approval for the $4 billion mixed-use development. When he's finished, site work will begin.

Two businesses and 26 residents in the project's footprint have asked a federal court to declare that the eminent domain condemnations are unconstitutional. 



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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
[All case files]

November 24, 2009
Court of Appeals
Ruling

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EIS Lawsuit

DDDB et al v ESDC et al
Click for a summary of the lawsuit seeking to annul the review and approval the Atlantic Yards project.

Appeal briefs are here.

2/26/09
Appellate Divsion
Rules for ESDC
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